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Two prisoners spike cops’ drink, flee from police custody in Amritsar

Two prisoners brought to the district courts from Kapurthala jail for the hearing of cases against them managed to flee from the police custody on Saturday after lacing the cops’ share of beverage ordered during lunch at a roadside eatery with an intoxicant, rendering them unconscious.

punjab Updated: Mar 20, 2016 14:28 IST
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Unconscious policemen being taken to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar on Saturday. (HT Photo)

Two prisoners brought to the district courts from Kapurthala jail for the hearing of cases against them managed to flee from the police custody on Saturday after lacing the cops’ share of beverage ordered during lunch at a roadside eatery with an intoxicant, rendering them unconscious.

However, reacting quickly, the Amritsar city police managed to re-arrest one of the two absconding accused identified as Manohar Kumar, while the other accused Gurbhej Singh, still remains at large. The police have booked all the six persons, including the two accused and the four cops on duty in this regard under relevant sections of the law in a case registered at Civil Lines police station.

The accused cops have been identified as Vijay Kumar, Mahinder Singh, Samuel Masih and Janak Raj. They have been admitted to the emergency ward of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital for treatment.

Giving details, inspector Sukhwinder Singh, SHO, Civil Lines police station, said the four cops had accompanied the two accused lodged in Kapurthala jail for hearing of cases against them in the district courts. “Post hearing, all six decided to have lunch and went to a roadside eatery near the courts where they all ordered juice. Two cartons of juice were served—one, which was consumed by the two accused, while the other carton was shared by the four cops on duty,” he said.

“While the cops fell unconscious soon after consuming their share of juice, the accused fled,” the SHO added. He maintained that Manohar Kumar was re-arrested soon from the vicinity of Vigilance Bureau police station. “The four cops have been admitted to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital for treatment. They have been booked under the relevant sections for negligence of duty,” he maintained.

The SHO said efforts were being made to arrest the other absconding accused. He added that the arrested accused would be produced in the court. “Further investigations are being held into the matter,” he said.